Issue 23

Growing medicines in open fields could cut costs and make vaccines more easily available in the developing world, but current regulations mean it can’t happen on a large scale. We find out more about the potential of the outdoor lab.

We also explore the opportunities for the generics market and take a look at the transdermal patch as an alternative to intravenous drug delivery, and find out how a new pain relief platform delivers drugs directly into the nervous system.

Moreover, we profile an innovative heuristic modelling system developed by BMSystems that could revolutionise the way psychiatric disorders are treated, ask why the growing use of combination drugs has challenged the industry and regulators, and find out how technological innovations are helping to ensure the integrity of temperature-sensitive medicines is maintained.

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Strategies for Growth
Generic drug manufacturing has become crucial in the present economic climate, in Europe as well as the US. Adefemi Adenuga, healthcare industry dynamics analyst at GlobalData, explores new opportunities for the generics market.
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The Outdoor Lab
Growing medicines in open fields could cut costs and increase the availability of vaccines in developing countries, but current regulations prevent it. Pharma Tech Focus asks Dr Penny Sparrow of the John Innes centre how this can be changed.
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Cause & Effect
An innovative heuristic modelling system developed by BMSystems could revolutionise the way psychiatric disorders are treated. We find out how the company is making the impossible possible.
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Paving the Way
Researchers have discovered a way to make skin more permeable by using ultrasound waves, which could allow transdermal patches to deliver larger molecular drugs. We ask what this could mean for the future of conventional drug delivery.
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Straight to the Source
Pharma Tech Focus finds out how Diamyd Medical’s nerve targeting drug delivery system could bring new relief to cancer, diabetes and chronic pain sufferers.
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The Combination Challenge
Although combination drugs are becoming increasingly popular and providing new therapeutic options for healthcare providers, their development remains challenging, as we find out from Eli Lilly’s Fangdong Yin.
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A Clear View
As regulatory requirements evolve to ensure the integrity of temperature sensitive medicines is maintained, MSD’s Erik Van Asselt tells Jim Banks how risk assessment and new technology are improving cold chain.
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Next Issue

The study of animal viruses is yielding promising clinical results. In the next issue we review the most recent progress in the field, which has harnessed the avian Newcastle disease virus as a potent cancer killer. We also find out why an astonishing number of doctors in the UK prescribe placebos to their patients on a regular basis, and investigate the dangers of antibiotics being used in farm animals.

Moreover, we explore the drivers of the rapid growth of type 2 diabetes markets in Brazil, China and India, find out how a nano-scale robotic system developed by engineers at the University of Alberta could be used in drug delivery applications, and ask how the drive for innovation in pharmaceutical packaging can be balanced against the need to reduce costs.

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